Course - Law
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Prerequisites:

None

 
Recommended Courses:

Public international law is helpful for the first two weeks of this course but most of the class will not have taken it prior to enrolling in Law 696N.

 
Overview

Options: Students may take the course/seminar as a:

                        2 unit course with final examination 
 
                       2 unit course with approx. 25 page term paper (no exam) 
 
                       3 unit course with substantial paper (no exam)
   
 This course will analyze the expanding framework of and the legal process leading to regional and international regulation of the human environment. Topics addressed include the sources of international environmental law; regional and international efforts to protect the global commons; protection of endangered species; cross-border pollution and efforts to deal with such problems, with particular emphasis on the United States-Mexico border and the NAFTA instruments; climate change and global warming; conflicts between protection of the environment, economic development and sustainable development; and conflicts between trade, investment and the environment. There will also be some discussion regarding how a new Administration will likely address global environmental issues such as the negotiations to replace the Kyoto Protocol.
 
Materials
Required: Hunter, Salzman & Zaelke, International Environmental Law and Policy (3rd ed., University Casebook Series, 2007)
 
A limited number of supplemental materials will be provided on the Forum; others are available on the Internet. It is not necessary to purchase the documents supplement
 
Course Format

Lecture/Discussion.

 
Written Assignments

Examination and class discussion; term or substantial paper when those options are selected. Class discussion and attendance may count for up to 20% of grade.

 
Type of Exam  
Basis for grading

Examination and class discussion; term or substantial paper when those options are selected. Class discussion and attendance may count for up to 20% of grade.

 
Additional Comments
Schedule: Class will meet twice per week for approximately nine weeks of the semester. This schedule is well-suited to preparing a term paper or substantial paper during the semester.
 
Other Comments: Foreign students provide a variety of viewpoints.
 
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